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In any claim asserting that the claimant was a dependent of the decedent, your Chester injury attorney recognizes that a self-insured defendant or an insurance company will consider the following factors:

  1. If the claimed dependency was total or partial.
  2. What the term of the dependency would be if death had not intervened.
  3. How close was the relationship between the claimant and the deceased?
  4. If the deceased had lived, the cost of maintenance expenses such as clothing, food, transportation, etc.
  5. The claimant’s status:

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In general, the greater the dependency, the higher the claim evaluation will be. Usually minors are more dependent than adults, but your Chester injury attorney knows that even the age of minor claimants has an influence on claim value.


A spouse that survives may ask for indemnity equal to the amount needed to support his or her life in the same manner as during the decedent’s lifetime. Compensation for the loss of the deceased’s companionship and love may also be requested.


Dependent parent claims are handled similarly to other dependent claims based on full or partial dependency limited by the parent’s life expectancy. A parent who is non-dependent is evaluated similarly to an adult child. Your Chester injury attorney realizes that a parent’s degree of association with the decedent will help determine evaluation; for example, if the deceased visited frequently, helped out with daily living tasks, and in other ways displayed devotion and love, the parent’s claim will have a higher valuation. Photographs, greeting card exchanges, and friend and neighbor testimonials can validate a close relationship.

If you have questions about your situation that you would like to discuss with an experienced and competent Chester injury attorney, Please call Michael Meth at (845) 469-9529. 

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